Baseball enters the stretch run, and again, we lament poor Wilmer Flores: a gentleman in a world where there are so few. Wilmer’s in-game, teary-eyed meltdown was so unnecessary–because the Mets ultimately deemed Carlos Gomez of Milwaukee too much of a health risk to trade for.
In other news, after Wilmer’s traumatic near-trade:
Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez is on a tear–and thus is prime trade bait. He recently hit 7 HR in 7 games and is up to 20 on season with a .275 avg. On Monday, he went 4-5, with 4RBI and two round-trippers.
King Felix is up to 12 wins; will he ever get 20?
Jose Altuve had a career high 5 RBI game as Houston went into a tie for first place with the Angels. Last year’s batting champ has his average up to .305 with 28 SB, 9 HR. and has hit .448 last seven games.
Alcides Escobar and Omar Infante combined on an all-VZ putout that was NOT a DP–just a flip-and-toss play. Maybe the coolest play you’ll see this season: http://m.royals.mlb.com/news/article/139368934/omar-infante-alcides-escobar-star-on-defense
Carlos “Cookie” Carrasco is at 10-8 4.26 ERA from the right side for Cleveland;
Boston’s Eduardo Rodriguez (of Valencia) is a similar 6-3, 4.26 ERA in his initial campaign at the Fens; he’s a lefty though. Between two nice victories, Eduardo got bombed by LAA.
Milwaukee didn’t get Wilmer Flores after all, but super caraqueno K-Rod is having a nice season with 23 saves, 1.50 ERA.
Roughned Odor won AL Player of the Week! An opening-day starter in Texas, he was soon demoted to AAA ball. Back in the bigs, in six games last week, R.O. hit .385 with three home runs, three doubles and eight RBIs, and scored 9 times.
“I feel amazing,” Odor said. You are, Roughned, you are.